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June 18, 2013 | 10:58am ET
Datsyuk signs three-year extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Detroit Red Wings have signed star center Pavel Datsyuk to a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension.

Datsyuk, who had one-year left on his current deal, revealed the news via his Twitter account.

"Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs," he said, via Twitter. "Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family."

The 34-year-old native of Sverdlovsk, Russia, registered 15 goals and 34 assists for 49 points in 47 games with the Red Wings this past season.

In 779 career NHL regular-season games, all with Detroit, Datsyuk has accumulated 255 goals and 512 assists for 767 points.

Datsyuk was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the sixth-round (171st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

His annual salary cap hit will be $7.5 million.


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